Beauty Lies In The Eyes

Eye is a very sensitive organ. Today many of us spend long hours sitting in front of a PC or laptop. Using these gadgets actually strains our eye muscles and causes dryness. Besides, pollution, diseases like diabetes, sinusitis and thyroid can also effect the eyesight. If you are suffering from redness of the eye continuous headaches, blurred vision eye fatigue, the urge to keep your eyes closed, itching in the eyes, spots and strings floating in your field of vision , then you need to get your checked immediately.

Eye exercises help in keeping the six eye muscle, which help the eyes to rotate, flexible and strong If the muscle become stiff, it becomes painful to move the eyes and close the lid. Exercising also helps to relieve the pressure on the optic nerve that transmits information from the eye to the brain. Remember if the optic nerve is damaged, it cannot be repaired.

Here are a few eye exercises that will help your eyes to relax. Most importantly, you can do anywhere.

Eye Massage:
Close your eyes tightly for 5 to 6 seconds and quickly open them. Repeat this for at least 7 to 8 times.
Close your eyes and massage them with the tip of your third finger (ring finger) in circular movements.
Close your eyes. Place three fingers of your hand on your upper eye lids, apply a little pressure and hold for 1-2 seconds, then release. Repeat at least 5 times.

Eye Movement:
This exercise is recommended to people who generally sit for long hours in front of the computer.
Sit and be relaxed. Now roll your eyes first in clockwise direction and then in anticlockwise direction. Once a circle of movement is completed blink your eyes to rest the eyes. Repeat this at least 5-6 times

Clock Exercise:
Imagine yourself standing in front of a really big clock. Now imagine looking at the middle of the clock. Slowly look at any hour mark and that too without turning your head. Then look back at the centre and look at another hour mark. Do this at least 10 to 12 times. This exercise is also beneficial if done with closed eyes.

Focus A Mark:
Sit Near a window and keep a distance of about 50 cm from the window. Make a mark on the glass of the window with a small sticker or a felt pen at your eye level. Look or focus on something far away for 10 – 15 seconds through this mark and then return back to the focus.

Scribble On Wall:
Stand in front of a wall and pretend that you are writing with your eyes, without turning your head. This is very good exercise, which might seem difficult in the beginning but slowly you will enjoy it. Remember the bigger the letters, the better the effect.

Blink Exercise:
Blinking is not actually an exercise but it is very important. Starting at an object uninterrupted for a long time also causes strain and this should be also avoided. So make a rule to blink often.

Good to remember:

  • Have a diet that is loaded with beta-caretene, a vitamin especially helpful in maintaining healthy eyes. Fruits and veggies like carrot are rich in beta-carotene.
  • Contact lenses should never be worn for more than 12 hours. Wearing contacts for long cannot only cause extreme uneasiness, but permanent sight damage.
  • Place cold cucumber slices or tea bags soaked in cold water and press gently for 10 minutes before going to bed. This pacifies your eyes and also prevents puffiness.
  • Always wear UV protective sunglasses while getting out in the sun.

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